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23rd Mar '17 3:20:54 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Bows are given quite a bit of respect in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. Jon Snow takes an arrow to the leg in book three and spends the next few chapters limping around and eventually passing out from the pain and exhaustion, surviving only because he was located in time. Soon after, a group of less than twenty manage to hold off an army using only strategic archery positions, some decoy scarecrows, and a very tall wall. Jaime Lannister, a famed swordsman, is very wary of archers and despises crossbows, calling them a coward's weapon.
** One of Jon's first acts upon heading the Night Watch is to have every able member trained thoroughly with the longbow.



* In the Conrad Stargard books by Leo Frankowski, Conrad introduces the concept of plate mail to the Poles. The English longbows still readily put holes in the armor, but the Mongol horsebows largely just stick arrows in the armor's surface. But when [[spoiler:Conrad himself gets shot in the face after removing his helmet. One moment, he's standing there, and the next, he's lying semi-conscious in the mud, feeling like a truck hit him. And the removal of the arrow results in him losing sight in the eye on that side]].
** Partially played straight the Mongol bows were one of the most powerful bows in the world next to the English Longbow.

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* In the Conrad Stargard books by Leo Frankowski, Conrad introduces the concept of plate mail armor to the Poles. The English longbows still readily put holes in the armor, but the Mongol horsebows largely just stick arrows in the armor's surface. But when However, [[spoiler:Conrad himself gets does get shot in the face after removing his helmet. One moment, he's standing there, and the next, he's lying semi-conscious in the mud, feeling like a truck hit him. And the removal of the arrow results helmet, resulting in him losing sight in the eye on that side]].
** Partially played straight the Mongol bows were one of the most powerful bows in the world next to the English Longbow.
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* Subverted in the episode “Second Chance” of the series ''Series/{{Bonanza}}''. Little Joe takes an arrow to his shoulder which causes him a great deal of pain. Hoss tries to yank it out but the arrowhead becomes detached and they have to find a doctor to take it out.



* Subverted in the US version of ''Series/EleventhHour'', Agent Young is struck by an arrow. Her kidnapper offers to remove it but she tells her not to as she knows the arrow is the only thing keeping blood from gushing out.



** In "The Rains of Castamere", Catelyn takes a crossbow bolt in the back of her shoulder, but continues to function [[spoiler: until her throat is cut]]. This is fair enough, given the effects of adrenalin.

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** In "The Rains of Castamere", Catelyn takes a crossbow bolt in the back of her shoulder, but continues to function [[spoiler: until her throat is cut]]. This is fair enough, given the effects of adrenalin.
23rd Mar '17 3:15:08 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* May or may not be apocryphal, but [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Guan]] [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Yu]], a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.

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* May or may not be apocryphal, but [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Guan]] [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Yu]], Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.
23rd Mar '17 12:35:06 AM SneaselSawashiro
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* May or may not be apocryphal, but Guan Yu, a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.

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* May or may not be apocryphal, but Guan Yu, [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms Guan]] [[VideoGame/DynastyWarriors Yu]], a general in 2-3rd Century China (who has been deified over the years- just pay attention at your local Chinese restaurant) was once hit by a stray arrow on his arm during a battle, and [[BadassGrandpa was about 60 when this happened]]. Though the surface wound had healed, the bone would still hurt badly, especially during a rainy day. The doctor told him that the arrow tip had poison on it, and the poison had entered the bone. The remedy would be to open the arm and scrape away the poison. Guan Yu promptly stretched out his arm and bid the doctor to get to work. During the surgery, Guan Yu was eating and drinking with his fellow officers whilst the blood flowed from his arm into a basin below. Throughout the process of treatment, Guan Yu drank wine and conversed and laughed as usual, also qualifying him for FourStarBadass.
23rd Mar '17 12:33:36 AM SneaselSawashiro
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** ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' loves to play with this trope. Cao Cao's cousin Xiahou Dun once got shot ''in the eye'', but was such a badass that he plucked it out with eye attached and ate the eyeball to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.
** During the gameplay of dynasty warriors, depending on what difficulty you have on, Archers may seem like just a unit for making you flinch. In harder, and SLIGHTLY more realistic, modes, you can actively worry about how much damage an arrow is doing. on easier modes, or the ubiquitous "normal" mode, they are general just pinpricks. If an entire group of them attacks you it can be fatal on normal, but anything under is just an annoyance.

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** ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' loves to play with this trope. Akin to the [[Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms original novel]] (but not historically), Cao Cao's cousin Xiahou Dun once got shot ''in the eye'', but was such a badass that he plucked it out with eye attached and ate the eyeball to strike fear into the hearts of his enemies.
** During the gameplay of dynasty warriors, ''Dynasty Warriors'', depending on what difficulty you have on, Archers may seem like just a unit for making you flinch. In harder, and SLIGHTLY more realistic, modes, you can actively worry about how much damage an arrow is doing. on On easier modes, or the ubiquitous "normal" mode, they are general just pinpricks. If an entire group of them attacks you it can be fatal on normal, but anything under is just an annoyance.
3rd Mar '17 9:27:31 AM merotoker
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In media, the bow and arrow has nowhere near the killing power it has in RealLife. A single arrow is rarely able to take down anyone more important than a {{mook}}. The densest showers of arrows cannot hope to penetrate even the flimsiest PlotArmor. After all, most dramatic combat plays out in hand-to-hand combat, so arrows are just the preamble to the real fighting.

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In media, the bow and arrow has nowhere near the killing power it has in RealLife. A single arrow is rarely able to take down anyone more important than a {{mook}}.{{mook|s}}. The densest showers of arrows cannot hope to penetrate even the flimsiest PlotArmor. After all, most dramatic combat plays out in hand-to-hand combat, so arrows are just the preamble to the real fighting.



Bows are often AlmostLethalWeapons. Every arrow shot by TheArcher of our FiveManBand is deadly to {{mook}}s, while our badass hero can [[ArrowCatch snatch enemy arrows]] out of the air with ease.

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Bows are often AlmostLethalWeapons. Every arrow shot by TheArcher of our FiveManBand is deadly to {{mook}}s, {{mooks}}, while our badass hero can [[ArrowCatch snatch enemy arrows]] out of the air with ease.



* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': This is a ZigZaggingTrope. How much of a danger arrows represent to a character depends on whether they're a human or Apostle, how badass they are, and who's doing the shooting. Because ArmorIsUseless in this story for human {{Mooks}} and RedShirts, a volley of arrows from a mass of archers or Guts' repeating crossbow will penetrate their helmets and breastplates, killing them instantly. The Apostle Irvine is probably the deadliest archer in-universe, since he can ''decapitate'' multiple human targets with one MultiShot of his longbow from at least a mile away. For Apostles on the other hand, who are usually enormous monsters and at least far tougher than humans, any amount of arrows from RedShirt archers is merely TheWorfBarrage since such small projectiles [[JustifiedTrope cannot hope to reach their internal organs]]. If it's Guts, on the other hand, he might be able to at least shoot them in the eyes for significant damage. As for how our heroes fare, Guts is usually able to dodge volleys of arrows or use a dead mook as a BulletProofHumanShield. In the anime version of the Hundred Man Fight he even deflects some incoming arrows by a mere swish of his cape: "[[WebVideo/BerserkAbridged And now, just in case you had any faith left in humanity]]...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyujnxaMYs#t=4m30s know that someone, somewhere, thought that THIS made sense]]". The ''Golden Age'' movies also have some instances of heroes like Casca swatting away arrows with their swords, and in later manga chapters Guts is able to use the incredibly broad flat of his BFS to shield himself. When a main character actually gets hit, the trope will usually apply in a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] form. Guts gets hit in the hand during the Hundred Man Fight, and snaps it in two with the same hand in a show of bravado. That said, it prevents him from using it to grip his sword and he has to one-hand it for the rest of the fight. He was also significantly weakened by previous arrow wounds in his fight with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, contributing to his collapse and capture. Casca, who is not as much of a tank as Guts, gets hit with ''five'' crossbow bolts when the Hawks get ambushed by the Midland Army, which is treated as very serious since she was wearing no armor and they hit her mainly in the torso. She spends three days and nights in a comatose state near death, but miraculously she survives and makes a full recovery within a year.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': This is a ZigZaggingTrope. How much of a danger arrows represent to a character depends on whether they're a human or Apostle, how badass they are, and who's doing the shooting. Because ArmorIsUseless in this story for human {{Mooks}} and RedShirts, {{Red Shirt}}s, a volley of arrows from a mass of archers or Guts' repeating crossbow will penetrate their helmets and breastplates, killing them instantly. The Apostle Irvine is probably the deadliest archer in-universe, since he can ''decapitate'' multiple human targets with one MultiShot of his longbow from at least a mile away. For Apostles on the other hand, who are usually enormous monsters and at least far tougher than humans, any amount of arrows from RedShirt archers is merely TheWorfBarrage since such small projectiles [[JustifiedTrope cannot hope to reach their internal organs]]. If it's Guts, on the other hand, he might be able to at least shoot them in the eyes for significant damage. As for how our heroes fare, Guts is usually able to dodge volleys of arrows or use a dead mook as a BulletProofHumanShield. In the anime version of the Hundred Man Fight he even deflects some incoming arrows by a mere swish of his cape: "[[WebVideo/BerserkAbridged And now, just in case you had any faith left in humanity]]...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCyujnxaMYs#t=4m30s know that someone, somewhere, thought that THIS made sense]]". The ''Golden Age'' movies also have some instances of heroes like Casca swatting away arrows with their swords, and in later manga chapters Guts is able to use the incredibly broad flat of his BFS to shield himself. When a main character actually gets hit, the trope will usually apply in a [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] {{downplayed|Trope}} form. Guts gets hit in the hand during the Hundred Man Fight, and snaps it in two with the same hand in a show of bravado. That said, it prevents him from using it to grip his sword and he has to one-hand it for the rest of the fight. He was also significantly weakened by previous arrow wounds in his fight with the Holy Iron Chain Knights, contributing to his collapse and capture. Casca, who is not as much of a tank as Guts, gets hit with ''five'' crossbow bolts when the Hawks get ambushed by the Midland Army, which is treated as very serious since she was wearing no armor and they hit her mainly in the torso. She spends three days and nights in a comatose state near death, but miraculously she survives and makes a full recovery within a year.



* Uryuu Ishida from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' hits both sides of this trope, with his arrows ranging in effect from instant-victory attacks that completely obliterate an enemy's torso to not even piercing the skin, depending on the enemy and how much spirit energy he puts into a given shot. However, unlike normal arrows, Ishida makes his arrows from spirit energy, the same way a Zanpakutou is made. If you have a higher spiritual pressure, his arrows won't be able to pierce you.
** Inverted with the Quincies from the Vandenreich whose arrows are deadly and caused [[spoiler:over thousand deaths]].

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* Uryuu Ishida from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' hits both sides of this trope, with his arrows ranging in effect from instant-victory attacks that completely obliterate an enemy's torso to not even piercing the skin, depending on the enemy and how much spirit energy he puts into a given shot. However, unlike normal arrows, Ishida makes his arrows from spirit energy, the same way a Zanpakutou is made. If you have a higher spiritual pressure, his arrows won't be able to pierce you.
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you. Inverted with the Quincies from the Vandenreich whose arrows are deadly and caused [[spoiler:over thousand deaths]].



* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' uses this as an important clue for a case. Conan, confused at the apparent time of death, sees a statue of the legendary warrior monk Benkei who was killed by a hail of arrows and died standing up because of the chemicals his body produced from all the activity. Thus, Conan realized that the murderer [[spoiler:got the victim worked up with a game of ping-pong so the time of death would appear different than it actually was.]]

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' uses this as an important clue for a case. Conan, confused at the apparent time of death, sees a statue of the legendary warrior monk Benkei who was killed by a hail of arrows and died standing up because of the chemicals his body produced from all the activity. Thus, Conan realized that the murderer [[spoiler:got the victim worked up with a game of ping-pong so the time of death would appear different than it actually was.]]was]].



* In ''Anime/SwordOfTheStranger'', a red clad female is shot with six arrows all at once while rapidly diving, but is so skilled that she does not fall, merely whipping her body into a slide and popping right back up, followed by her smugly chuckling to demonstrate just how battle crazy she is. The action flashes back to her and all six arrows are miraculously out of her body; she then throws a gigantic axe-like weapon on a chain through the air, with great force, despite having been shot in both arms. She dashes around rapidly, evading thrusts, followed by acrobatic leaps, despite having been shot in a leg. She, like most of her red-clad fellows, fights while under the influence of some kind of drug that [[FeelNoPain totally eliminates the sensation of pain]], [[FridgeLogic which somehow also cancels out the damage done to their bodies]]. Anyone else hit with arrows avert this, including one {{redshirt}} who had his ''head ripped off'' by one.

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* In ''Anime/SwordOfTheStranger'', a red clad female is shot with six arrows all at once while rapidly diving, but is so skilled that she does not fall, merely whipping her body into a slide and popping right back up, followed by her smugly chuckling to demonstrate just how battle crazy she is. The action flashes back to her and all six arrows are miraculously out of her body; she then throws a gigantic axe-like weapon on a chain through the air, with great force, despite having been shot in both arms. She dashes around rapidly, evading thrusts, followed by acrobatic leaps, despite having been shot in a leg. She, like most of her red-clad fellows, fights while under the influence of some kind of drug that [[FeelNoPain totally eliminates the sensation of pain]], [[FridgeLogic which somehow also cancels out the damage done to their bodies]]. Anyone else hit with arrows avert this, including one {{redshirt}} RedShirt who had his ''head ripped off'' by one.



* WarrenEllis' ''ComicBook/{{Crecy}}'' is all about how ''truly'' annoying arrows really are, as in how widespread archery put an end to medieval warfare. A ''lot'' of work was put into making arrows into incredibly lethal weapons. They discouraged crossbows as longbows could be quickly strung or unstrung - this meant drawstrings could be removed during rainstorms to keep them dry. Archers were trained to use them as {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s; they carried [[TrickArrow three types of arrowheads]] - normal arrowheads, bodkins for piercing plate armor, swallowheads for killing horses. They sometimes applied the heads to the arrows with candlewax, but they usually just spit on the ends of the shaft to secure them - this ensured that trying to yank out the arrow would cause the head to detach, meaning that one would have to aggravate the wound in the process of removing it. Finally, they stuck the arrows in the dirt prior to firing them - this ensured that contaminants would be carried into the wound. English archers were thus able to take better care of their weapons than French crossbowmen, and those weapons were both more versatile and inherently more lethal.

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* WarrenEllis' Creator/WarrenEllis' ''ComicBook/{{Crecy}}'' is all about how ''truly'' annoying arrows really are, as in how widespread archery put an end to medieval warfare. A ''lot'' of work was put into making arrows into incredibly lethal weapons. They discouraged crossbows as longbows could be quickly strung or unstrung - this meant drawstrings could be removed during rainstorms to keep them dry. Archers were trained to use them as {{Swiss Army Weapon}}s; they carried [[TrickArrow three types of arrowheads]] - normal arrowheads, bodkins for piercing plate armor, swallowheads for killing horses. They sometimes applied the heads to the arrows with candlewax, but they usually just spit on the ends of the shaft to secure them - this ensured that trying to yank out the arrow would cause the head to detach, meaning that one would have to aggravate the wound in the process of removing it. Finally, they stuck the arrows in the dirt prior to firing them - this ensured that contaminants would be carried into the wound. English archers were thus able to take better care of their weapons than French crossbowmen, and those weapons were both more versatile and inherently more lethal.



* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: Atomizer is a background character who fights with a crossbow in a universe where lasers and bombs rule because he prefers edged weaponry, said crossbow is confiscated because of his efficiency with it, and he has to use a bow and arrow. His arrows are reinforced and can pierce through and kill his robotic enemies. When Overlord shows up, a panel shows him having been show with a bunch of arrows, and he keeps on going. Overlord is a planet destroying Super-Decepticon, who's endoskeleton is almost indestructible. He's survived being reduced to that skeleton, Arrows are not going to stop him.

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* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'': Atomizer is a background character who fights with a crossbow in a universe where lasers and bombs rule because he prefers edged weaponry, said crossbow is confiscated because of his efficiency with it, and he has to use a bow and arrow. His arrows are reinforced and can pierce through and kill his robotic enemies. When Overlord shows up, a panel shows him having been show with a bunch of arrows, and he keeps on going. Overlord is a planet destroying Super-Decepticon, who's endoskeleton is almost indestructible. He's survived being reduced to that skeleton, Arrows are not going to stop him.



* Taken to an embarrassing extreme in the 1956 film adaptation of ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', when arrows can be seen ''bouncing off'' of Passepartout during the Indian attack on the train.

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* Played straight in ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' where Lord Arthur is seen to have two (particularly large) arrows protruding from his back. Providing some TruthInTelevision however, he is depicted as wearing full plate armor.
* Taken to an embarrassing extreme in the 1956 film adaptation of ''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays'', ''Film/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays1956'', when arrows can be seen ''bouncing off'' of Passepartout during the Indian attack on the train.



* Played straight in Film/{{Army of Darkness}} where Lord Arthur is seen to have two (particularly large) arrows protruding from his back. Providing some TruthInTelevision however, he is depicted as wearing full plate armor.



* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Arrows rack up a lot of {{mook}} kills, but there are examples:

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* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'': Arrows rack up a lot of {{mook}} {{mook|s}} kills, but there are examples:



* Inverted in the ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' movie, where Susan's arrows are the deadliest weapon. Probably due to their magic, every shot is a fatal shot... no matter what armour her opponent is wearing, and even if she ''throws them by hand''. Less forgivable is when a unit of archers volleys arrows into a unit of charging cavalry in the time-honoured tactic, and every single one of them is a hit. [[ArmorIsUseless It's a wonder why anybody even bothers wearing armour.]]

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* Inverted in the ''Film/PrinceCaspian'' movie, ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', where Susan's arrows are the deadliest weapon. Probably due to their magic, every shot is a fatal shot... no matter what armour her opponent is wearing, and even if she ''throws them by hand''. Less forgivable is when a unit of archers volleys arrows into a unit of charging cavalry in the time-honoured tactic, and every single one of them is a hit. [[ArmorIsUseless It's a wonder why anybody even bothers wearing armour.]]



* In ''Film/{{Two Mules for Sister Sara}}'', Clint is hit by an arrow in the shoulder and knocked from his horse. The wound causes him great pain and the removal is complicated, with Clint removing the fletching and the rear part of the arrow and the titular Sara using the "pushing an arrow through his body" technique, followed by a crude cauterizing.
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', this trope is played straight at first when the Spartans scoff at the Persian's threat that their arrows will "blot out the sun," using their shields as cover. Later though, [[spoiler:they get killed to a man from the hail of arrows the Persians fire at them.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Two Mules for Sister Sara}}'', ''Film/TwoMulesForSisterSara'', Clint is hit by an arrow in the shoulder and knocked from his horse. The wound causes him great pain and the removal is complicated, with Clint removing the fletching and the rear part of the arrow and the titular Sara using the "pushing an arrow through his body" technique, followed by a crude cauterizing.
* In ''Film/ThreeHundred'', this trope is played straight at first when the Spartans scoff at the Persian's threat that their arrows will "blot out the sun," using their shields as cover. Later though, [[spoiler:they get killed to a man from the hail of arrows the Persians fire at them.]]them]].



* Zigzagged in ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. The pull on Mathayus's bow is so strong only he can use it. It's shown several times that his arrows can send people flying. However, one of fellow Akkadians is killed by a {{mook}} arrow volley early on. The BigBad is notorious for being able to block arrows with his sword and is even able to do this to Mathayus's arrow the first time. When Mathayus is hit in the back by a mook, he pulls out the arrow (meaning he has very good reach despite all this muscle mass) and uses it to [[spoiler:kill the BigBad who is unable to block the arrow in time]].

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* Zigzagged in ''Film/TheScorpionKing''. The pull on Mathayus's bow is so strong only he can use it. It's shown several times that his arrows can send people flying. However, one of fellow Akkadians is killed by a {{mook}} {{mook|s}} arrow volley early on. The BigBad is notorious for being able to block arrows with his sword and is even able to do this to Mathayus's arrow the first time. When Mathayus is hit in the back by a mook, he pulls out the arrow (meaning he has very good reach despite all this muscle mass) and uses it to [[spoiler:kill the BigBad who is unable to block the arrow in time]].



* This trope is in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', when the giant Grawp is hit by a volley of arrows from a raging herd of Centaurs. He is shown to be in considerable pain when he tried to brush off the embedded arrows and only succeeded in breaking the shafts, [[{{Squick}} unknowingly pushing the heads deeper into his body.]]

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* This trope is appears in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', when the giant Grawp is hit by a volley of arrows from a raging herd of Centaurs. He is shown to be in considerable pain when he tried to brush off the embedded arrows and only succeeded in breaking the shafts, [[{{Squick}} unknowingly pushing the heads deeper into his body.]]



* In the Conrad Stargard books by Leo Frankowski, Conrad introduces the concept of plate mail to the Poles. The English longbows still readily put holes in the armor, but the Mongol horsebows largely just stick arrows in the armor's surface. But when [[spoiler:Conrad himself gets shot in the face after removing his helmet. One moment, he's standing there, and the next, he's lying semi-conscious in the mud, feeling like a truck hit him. And the removal of the arrow results in him losing sight in the eye on that side.]]

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* In the Conrad Stargard books by Leo Frankowski, Conrad introduces the concept of plate mail to the Poles. The English longbows still readily put holes in the armor, but the Mongol horsebows largely just stick arrows in the armor's surface. But when [[spoiler:Conrad himself gets shot in the face after removing his helmet. One moment, he's standing there, and the next, he's lying semi-conscious in the mud, feeling like a truck hit him. And the removal of the arrow results in him losing sight in the eye on that side.]]side]].



** {{Justified}} with the wights since, unlike zombies, RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain doesn't work.

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** {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} with the wights since, unlike zombies, RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain doesn't work.



* In the 2010 pachinko PV remake for Music/XJapan's ''Kurenai,'' the setting is Ancient Japan, and Yoshiki is playing the role of a HighlyVisibleNinja saving a princess. The trope is averted in one of the AlternateEndings - the arrow hits him in the shoulder, he collapses, and the palace burns down around him and the princess in a BolivianArmyEnding. In another (the "good" ending), it's played straight when he pulls an ArrowCatch, grabs the arrow, and proceeds to save them both.
* In the official video for [[AltJ Alt-J]]'s ''Hunger of the Pine'', the main character is shown running through a forested area while being pelted with hundreds of arrows. Downplayed in that he does feel pain, and eventually starts bleeding, but it does not stop him from [[JustAFleshWound getting up and continuing to run again]]. Although considering the theme of the song, the arrows are probably meant to be symbolic of the pain of unrequited love.

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* In the 2010 pachinko PV remake for Music/XJapan's ''Kurenai,'' the setting is Ancient Japan, and Yoshiki is playing the role of a HighlyVisibleNinja saving a princess. The trope is averted in one of the AlternateEndings [[RevisedEnding Alternate Endings]] - the arrow hits him in the shoulder, he collapses, and the palace burns down around him and the princess in a BolivianArmyEnding. In another (the "good" ending), it's played straight when he pulls an ArrowCatch, grabs the arrow, and proceeds to save them both.
* In the official video for [[AltJ [[Music/AltJ Alt-J]]'s ''Hunger of the Pine'', the main character is shown running through a forested area while being pelted with hundreds of arrows. Downplayed in that he does feel pain, and eventually starts bleeding, but it does not stop him from [[JustAFleshWound getting up and continuing to run again]]. Although considering the theme of the song, the arrows are probably meant to be symbolic of the pain of unrequited love.



* Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in AnnoyingArrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.

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* Played with in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. A close to mid-range arrow is a kill shot, but be too far away and your arrows won't even kill a man. If that happens, it really puts the Annoying in AnnoyingArrows: Annoying Arrows: If your shot wasn't noticed, your victim and any friends of his will do a search for, like, fifteen seconds before shrugging and acting as though nothing happened.



* ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer''. Naturally, a crossbow bolt to a vampire's stomach does little.

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* ''Buffy the Vampire Slayer''.''VideoGame/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Naturally, a crossbow bolt to a vampire's stomach does little.



* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' for the {{Nintendo 64}}. The crossbow has two functions, kill and tranquilizer. But the bolts for both are HUGE so it's possible to see a tranq'ed civilian with a gigantic bolt popping out of their skull. And it's possible to shoot out the giant bolt and re-use it. To tranquilize another civilian. Gross.

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* ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' for the {{Nintendo UsefulNotes/{{Nintendo 64}}. The crossbow has two functions, kill and tranquilizer. But the bolts for both are HUGE so it's possible to see a tranq'ed civilian with a gigantic bolt popping out of their skull. And it's possible to shoot out the giant bolt and re-use it. To tranquilize another civilian. Gross.



* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Sydney is shot through the heart with a crossbow bolt. He pushes it straight through his body and out the other side. Far from being treated as normal, it's proof that Sydney is, as he claims, immortal.
** Although at the start of the cut scene, they do subvert this trope by having Ashley's crossbolt shot knock Sydney to the ground
* Played straight most of the time in the Sega CD/iPhone RPG ''VideoGame/{{Vay}}'', but subverted in one particular [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene]] where [[spoiler: the apparent BigBad, [[TheEmpire Emperor]] Jeal, snipes plucky [[{{Sidekick}} elf boy]] Pottle with a bow, [[PlotlineDeath killing him]] with a single shot to the heart.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'', Sydney is shot through the heart with a crossbow bolt. He pushes it straight through his body and out the other side. Far from being treated as normal, it's proof that Sydney is, as he claims, immortal.
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immortal. Although at the start of the cut scene, they do subvert this trope by having Ashley's crossbolt shot knock Sydney to the ground
* Played straight most of the time in the Sega CD/iPhone RPG ''VideoGame/{{Vay}}'', but subverted in one particular [[CutscenePowerToTheMax cutscene]] where [[spoiler: the apparent BigBad, [[TheEmpire Emperor]] Jeal, snipes plucky [[{{Sidekick}} elf boy]] Pottle with a bow, [[PlotlineDeath killing him]] with a single shot to the heart.]]]].



* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', Isaac confronts Tiedemann, resulting in [[spoiler:the latter shooting the former with ''two'' javelins. How does Isaac respond? By yanking the javelins out - one of which looks like it must have deflated his lungs. He can even heal after the final battle, meaning he literally shrugged it off, via the same first-aid magic that can heal him from within an inch of death after a Necromorph mauls him.]]

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* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', Isaac confronts Tiedemann, resulting in [[spoiler:the latter shooting the former with ''two'' javelins. How does Isaac respond? By yanking the javelins out - one of which looks like it must have deflated his lungs. He can even heal after the final battle, meaning he literally shrugged it off, via the same first-aid magic that can heal him from within an inch of death after a Necromorph mauls him.]]him]].



* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'': Wander has a bow and arrows, but they do no damage whatsoever against the Colossi. {{Justified}} in that the Colossi are, well, ''colossal'' and partially made out of stone. Wander's bow is still useful for either getting a Colossus's attention or irritating it, however, which can play a major role in exposing their weak spots.

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* ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'': Wander has a bow and arrows, but they do no damage whatsoever against the Colossi. {{Justified}} {{Justified|Trope}} in that the Colossi are, well, ''colossal'' and partially made out of stone. Wander's bow is still useful for either getting a Colossus's attention or irritating it, however, which can play a major role in exposing their weak spots.



* Applies in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' (examples: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0152.html 152]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0425.html 425]]), but possibly justified, as the comic is based on traditional roleplaying games and all their associated absurdity.\\\
* Webcomic/SlightlyDamned ''brutally'' subverts this with the mysterious Golden Arrows. It's stated pretty much flat-out that if they so much as ''prick'' you, you are DeaderThanDead.
** In this case, AWizardDidIt. Take a look at the wound, it's more akin to the arrow exploding once it hit. Getting hit with an arrow is bad enough, losing a large part of your torso immediately afterwards just adds to the fun.

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* Applies in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' (examples: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0152.html 152]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0425.html 425]]), but possibly justified, as the comic is based on traditional roleplaying games and all their associated absurdity.\\\
absurdity.
* Webcomic/SlightlyDamned ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' ''brutally'' subverts this with the mysterious Golden Arrows. It's stated pretty much flat-out that if they so much as ''prick'' you, you are DeaderThanDead.
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DeaderThanDead. In this case, AWizardDidIt. Take a look at the wound, it's more akin to the arrow exploding once it hit. Getting hit with an arrow is bad enough, losing a large part of your torso immediately afterwards just adds to the fun.



* Discussed and subverted in ''{{Webcomic/Nimona}}'': An arrow hits Nimona in the leg, and she doesn't seem to care, as per this trope. However, Ballister chides her for her attitude, and proceeds to treat it as a serious injury. Leads to the page quote.
** Later on, the trope is played relatively straight after all: Nimona turns out to have the ability to heal very quickly, which allows her to fully recover from the wound within days. She simply forgot to tell Ballister about it...
* The Jägers of Webcomic/GirlGenius seem to have no problems with continuing fighting with several arrows sticking out of them. However, Jägers are {{Super Soldier}}s and consider a torn-off arm to be bad-but-probably-not-lethal, so thinking they can soak a few arrows isn't too much of a stretch.

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* Discussed and subverted in ''{{Webcomic/Nimona}}'': An arrow hits Nimona in the leg, and she doesn't seem to care, as per this trope. However, Ballister chides her for her attitude, and proceeds to treat it as a serious injury. Leads to the page quote.
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quote. Later on, the trope is played relatively straight after all: Nimona turns out to have the ability to heal very quickly, which allows her to fully recover from the wound within days. She simply forgot to tell Ballister about it...
* The Jägers of Webcomic/GirlGenius ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' seem to have no problems with continuing fighting with several arrows sticking out of them. However, Jägers are {{Super Soldier}}s and consider a torn-off arm to be bad-but-probably-not-lethal, so thinking they can soak a few arrows isn't too much of a stretch.



* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': To its logical extreme. The more arrows, the less effective each arrow is (most of the time). Oftentimes, a cloud of arrows isn't even enough to down a single moook.

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* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'': To its logical extreme. The more arrows, the less effective each arrow is (most of the time). Oftentimes, a cloud of arrows isn't even enough to down a single moook.mook.



* More or less TruthInTelevision, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19171_5-things-that-arent-nearly-as-dangerous-as-hollywood-thinks.html according to]] Website/{{Cracked}}. However, the key point to remember is that the article is saying that arrows aren't as dangerous ''compared to bullets'', then contrasting that with Hollywood's treatment of arrows (one-shot, one-kill as long as you're [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]]) with its treatment of bullets (2 or 3 shots can be OnlyAFleshWound as long as you're [[Film/DieHard John [=McClane=]]]).

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* More or less TruthInTelevision, [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19171_5-things-that-arent-nearly-as-dangerous-as-hollywood-thinks.html according to]] Website/{{Cracked}}. However, the key point to remember is that the article is saying that arrows aren't as dangerous ''compared to bullets'', then contrasting that with Hollywood's treatment of arrows (one-shot, one-kill as long as you're [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Legolas]]) with its treatment of bullets (2 or 3 shots can be OnlyAFleshWound as long as you're [[Film/DieHard [[Franchise/DieHard John [=McClane=]]]).McClane]]).



* If Animal Planet documentaries are to be believed, a cat survived being shot by an arrow ''through the head'' - with no major damage.

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* If Animal Planet Creator/AnimalPlanet documentaries are to be believed, a cat survived being shot by an arrow ''through the head'' - with no major damage.
27th Feb '17 10:00:04 PM Alceister
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* The repeating crossbow (an Eastern invention that allowed to string the bow just by moving a lever) was limited to firing much smaller bolts than its no-repeating cousins, and a single arrow itself rarely resulted in death. However, these things were used in mass to [[MoreDakka overwhelm the enemy with a rain of arrows]] and often were tipped with poison.

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* The repeating crossbow (an Eastern invention that allowed one to string the bow just simultaneously draw and release a bowstring simply by moving a lever) was limited to firing much smaller bolts than its no-repeating non-repeating cousins, and a single arrow itself rarely resulted in death. However, these things were used in mass en masse to [[MoreDakka overwhelm the enemy with a rain of arrows]] and often were tipped with poison.poison. This is also thoroughly averted with the larger-scale versions used for sieges, which fired larger bolts than the handheld versions.
5th Feb '17 10:41:52 AM DustSnitch
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* Arrows do not affect the Gashadokuro, the first monster the heroes encounter in ''WesternAnimation/KuboAndTheTwoStrings'', in any way whatsoever. Justified, as it is shown to also casually shatter ''swords'' that are swung against it.
18th Jan '17 12:36:08 PM tromag
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** Justified in "Home", when Wun Wun is hit in the back with an arrow. Being a 15 foot tall giant, it seems to piss him off more than anything, and his reaction is to casually pick up the archer and smash him against a wall.
29th Dec '16 6:55:07 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', Kaeloo, Pretty and Quack Quack are shot with a bunch of arrows. None of the three takes it as anything more than a minor annoyance.
25th Dec '16 7:47:50 PM zarpaulus
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GunsAreWorthless is this trope applied to modern ranged weaponry. Dismissing arrow injuries is often used to establish an ImplacableMan or someone MadeOfIron. The trope is almost always averted when it comes to ArrowsOnFire, because, well... [[IncendiaryExponent they're on fire]]. For slings being treated similarly, see SufferTheSlings.

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GunsAreWorthless is this trope applied to modern ranged weaponry. Dismissing arrow injuries is often used to establish an ImplacableMan or someone MadeOfIron. The trope is almost always averted when it comes to ArrowsOnFire, because, well... [[IncendiaryExponent they're on fire]]. For slings being treated similarly, see SufferTheSlings.
SufferTheSlings. For a more accurate depiction of getting shot with a bow and arrow (especially English longbows), see ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice.
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